23 October 2015
The upcoming weekend is busy with four events from across the region’s east to west span. Sagebrush CX rolls in on Saturday (24 October) with their at-altitude Truckee Bike Park venue. USAC points are available. To get the festivities off well, there is a free ‘cross clinic in the morning led by Dave Eastwood. Registration opens and the clinic begins at 9am with the first race underway at 10am. The course will include more grass should the frost stay away!
Also this Saturday, SuperPro CX returns to Dan Foley Park with the Vallejo Day Race. The course runs closer to Lake Chabot than last week’s night race but will clamber up long uphill sections. There is plenty of green along the course and, going by last Saturday’s event, some of that grass is spongy. Last year saw the course run through massive swaths of water but this year the forecast is dry and mostly sunny.
19 October 2015
The Sagebrush Cyclocross Series continues to reflect cyclocross is a growing sport for the region. This past Sunday, the small but strong series hosted very close to 100 hundred race entries including a number of first-time ‘cross racers. The day saw excellent displays of racing across the board particularly by three comparative newcomers to the sport. Kara LaPoint (Team Luna) and Julie Young (Reno Wheelmen) went head-to-head for a terrific battle in the race for Women’s A. Later in the day, Mike Larson (Velo Reno) hammered an impressive win for Men A.
Archie Clayton Middle School is one of those venues with an advocate that welcomes cyclocross events on the grounds. The site hosted the 2010 district championships and is an ever-present in the Sagebrush CX Series. Yesterday’s course took every advantage of the terrain and elevation changes available at the locale. The start was a slight uphill paved road that, after running through a stair run-up, spilled out between hard-packed sand and grass. The latter in places was often deep and power-sapping from the overnight rains. Portions of the course ran through the school’s playground including a wood-chip section amongst the swings and climbing wall.
A long stretch of sand brought racers over two closely spaced plank barriers after first turning them through a 180° turn and then returning them back to the same direction through another sharp turn. At the start of the day, the sand was loose on top but otherwise firm. As the day wore on, the dismount, running, and re-mount sections tore up and became very loose. To add to the challenges, there were off-camber sections on grass including a sharp-170 and a fast length with a forced jog down and then back uphill to run between trees. With the fastest lap times around 5 minutes, racers had to hold their concentration to traverse the course several times for the durations of their races.
7 October 2015
Along with the recently announced Nevada State Cyclocross Championships set for 12 December, there are a few other changes to the season’s calendar.
SuperPro racing moved their 17 October event from Fairfax to Dan Foley Park in Vallejo. Racing will go out into the night. Details appear on the series webpage. Juniors begin the affair at 2:30pm. Elite Women and Elite Men race off the line at 6:45pm and 7:45pm, respectively. The last race of the night is for Men B beginning at 9:00pm.
Surf City announced the venues to go along with their race dates. The best information about locales appears at the webpage for registration and the Fit and Filthy Calendar, although shortly before press time the series website was undergoing an update.
On their web page, Central Coast posted a new race for 11 October at Manzanita Park in Prunedale. Finally, Fresno County Cyclocross (FCCX) is down to a single event. It is the 20 December race at Lost Lake in Friant. Final permitting is approved and the race receives a sanction from USAC.
4 October 2015
It’s October and nothing of the oft-touted and promised grande El Niño has grasped NorCal Nevada fully by the throat yet. Nevertheless, rain did move through the region this past week and the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series has the first event this season to sport peanut butter mud. Courtesy of a wash, a thick veneer of mucky, gooey sand spread across portions of the Hidden Valley Regional Park to become part of the day’s cyclocross course. The mud belied the weather conditions with the temperature reaching into the mid seventies Fahrenheit under blue skies pocked by a few clouds. It was left to the Cat C race, first of the day, to ride a drier line into the mud and create firm going but this was still happening during the later races.
2 October 2015
The second event for the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series is on tap this Saturday, 3 October. Hidden Valley Park is the venue and features a big stair run up plus a decent vista over Reno/Sparks. More details appear on the Sagebrush web page.
Last year, Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Chix) took the win for Women’s A, followed by Ellen Sherrill (Rock Lobster) and Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law). After rubbing shoulders with Chris McGovern (Real Wheels), Walton Brush triumphed in the Men’s A race ahead of Curtis Smith (Sierra Nevada) and then McGovern.
11 August 2015
For the past couple seasons, Erica Greif was a massive force behind a surgent ‘cross scene out of Reno. The Sagebrush Cyclocross Series was ably managed by Noah Silverman beforehand when Greif’s commitment and energy began to show promise; the series took on newer venues and newer participants. The Sagebrush team of Greif, Silverman, Nick Schaffner, and others brought in terrific changes such as cyclocross clinics and an oddity venue in the Truckee Bike Park. That latter locale brought in competitors from the Sacramento area as well as a new crop of youngsters keen to compete on a ‘cross course rolling through a pump and BMX track.
Erica Greif lost her life earlier this year. The outpouring of sentiment and emotion, following the tragic car accident, reflects the meaningful affect Greif had on those who knew her well or were a part of the cycling community in Reno and beyond.
31 July 2015
New for cyclocross in NorCal Nevada this year is the 19 September 2015 festival-event CrossReno, a kick-off on the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series calendar. Teal Stetson-Lee, Michelle Quevedo, and Nicole Whisman, of Shadow Industries, are putting on this inaugural festival with significant plans to expand into an autonomous, annual event. Their goals include making this a future UCI race; Stetson-Lee reports that, this year, CrossReno is already on the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Calendar (CXNC).
“Both [Quevedo and Whisman] are not cyclists,” says Stetson-Lee, “which is why they make fantastic business partners and, in a sense, balance me out. They are coming at this event from a business angle. This is why CrossReno is more than just a race – it is a cyclocross event and festival.”
Stetson-Lee also reveals the venture is non-profit with the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows as the beneficiary.